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Mahindra Verito 2020 Review: Prices, Offers, Specs, Mileage & Pictures

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Mar 30 2020 Share this blog

Mahindra Verito was first introduced to India in the form of the Logan when Renault decided to partner with Mahindra for their very first stint in the Indian market. While the Logan did sell very well, it didn’t exactly bring about the numbers Renault was looking for, especially in the private car segment. This led Renault to part ways with Mahindra in 2010. However, Mahindra had made huge investments in the Logan sedan and still did own the rights to sell the Logan in India, but with a different name. The name chosen for the ‘refreshed’ sedan was the Verito, which also brought along a few tweaks in the form of new body panels and lights. However, 2019 is the last model year for this vehicle since it doesn’t meet the new BNVSAP norms and is also not going to be made BS6 compliant before the deadline.

Rear side profile of 2019 Mahindra Verito


Mahindra Verito received very few updates over the years, which were mostly limited to the grille and the lights. The Verito’s aging interiors and outdated powertrain didn’t help matters either since most other vehicles in this segment offered fresher interiors and better powertrains at a lower price. Mahindra even released an electric version of the Verito, but even that wasn’t received well by the Indian audience due to its high asking price and low range. The regular diesel Verito price in India starts at Rs. 7.6 lakhs for the base D2 variant and goes all the way up to Rs. 8.99 lakhs for the ‘fully loaded’ Executive Edition. Fuel efficiency is decent at around 21.03 kmpl, but the 1.5-liter engine’s measly power and torque figures of 65 Bhp and 160 Nm hold it back quite a bit.

Verito is a favorite in the cab market however since it offers a decently practical and reliable vehicle for quite less. Maintenance costs are also quite low, which makes it perfect for people looking to run their vehicles over long distances without any issues. Presently, the Verito rials against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, and Toyota Etios.

What will impress you

  • Low maintenance costs

  • Fairly reliable

  • Good ride quality

  • Compact dimensions

  • Can tackle bad roads with ease

What Won’t

  • Dated design

  • No safety features

  • Poor build quality

  • ‘Taxi’ image

  • Will be discontinued soon

What’s New in the 2019 Mahindra Verito?

The regular Mahindra Verito continues unchanged from the previous model years and doesn’t get any kind of new equipment. The all-electric version gets deleted from the lineup due to poor sales. 2019 is the last model year for the Verito, post which Mahindra has decided to discontinue it.

Mahindra Verito Variants & Features

There is a total of 4 variants available as a part of the Verito’s lineup. All variants get the same 1.5-liter diesel engine and there’s no other change save for equipment. The base D2 starts at Rs. 7.60 lakhs and goes all the way up to Rs. 8.99 lakhs for the Executive Edition variant.

Variant

D2

D4

D6

Executive Edition 

Price (Ex-Showroom)

Rs.7.60 lakhs

Rs. 7.85 lakhs

Rs. 8.57 lakhs

Rs. 8.99 lakhs

Features 


14-inch Steel wheels with wheel cover

Adds over D2:

Adds over D4:

Adds over D6:

Power steering

Front power windows

Rear power windows

Navigation system

Fabric upholstery

Tachometer

ABS

Bluetooth

Remote trunk opener

Anti-theft warning

Driver airbag

Leather seats

Remote fuel lid opener

Central locking

CD player with radio

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Accessory power outlet

Passenger-side rearview mirror

2-DIN music system with four speakers


Manually adjustable AC with heater


USB and AUX connectivity


Rear headrest


Front fog lights


Height-adjustable seat belts


Power adjustable exterior rearview mirrors



Centre console armrest


Rear window defogger



Manually adjustable exterior rearview mirrors


14-inch Alloy wheels



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Verito’s lineup is outdated and is made clear by the fact that it lacks standard safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, speed alert warning, seat belt reminders for both front seats and rear parking sensors. The base D2 variant is the only option worth considering if you’re looking for a very inexpensive car to own on a daily basis. However, there are much better options available around that price point, across both compact sedan and compact SUV segments.

Mahindra Verito Offers (March 2020)

There are currently no offers available on the Mahindra Verito. For CarHP Special Offers, check your local prices here: 

Variants

Highlight Features

Ex-Showroom Price (Pan India)

D2

Manually adjustable AC with heater

7.60 Lakhs

D4

Front power windows

7.85 Lakhs

D6

ABS and Driver Airbag

8.57 Lakhs

Executive Edition

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

8.99 Lakhs

The Pan India price of Mahindra Verito starts from Rs. 5.28 Lakhs and goes up to Rs. 6.08 Lakhs (ex-showroom). However, the on-road price of the vehicle may vary depending on the dealership and the taxes included by the state.

Mahindra Verito Engine & Performance

Powering the Verito is a Renault-sourced 1.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine that produces 65 Bhp and 160 Nm of torque. This makes the Verito the least powerful vehicle, not only in its segment but also when compared to smaller hatchbacks which cost nearly half as much. While the diesel engine is relatively reliable, it lacks punch and loading the vehicle with people and cargo will definitely bog down the Verito.

1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine of Mahindra Verito


High-speed maneuvers are also made difficult by the fact that the Verito doesn’t respond very well to throttle input. The first few gears are geared very close, which also makes it quite cumbersome to drive in the city. 

Models

Mahindra Verito

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Toyota Etios

Price (Ex-Showroom)

Rs. 7.6 Lakhs

Rs. 6.66 Lakhs

Rs. 7.6 Lakhs

Engine

1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1461 cc)

1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1248 cc)

1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1364 cc)

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power 

65 bhp@4000rpm

74 bhp@4000rpm

67 bhp@3800rpm

Torque

160 Nm@2000rpm

190 Nm@2000rpm

170 Nm@1900rpm

At highway speeds though, the Verito does maintain momentum, but at the cost of fuel efficiency.

How well does the car accelerate?

The Mahindra Verito might have the highest displacement in this comparison, but it's still not capable enough to keep up with its competition. At a staggering 18 seconds, the Verito takes ages to get up to speed, which is really not ideal during long highway runs. There’s also a significant delay to get off the line, especially when loaded with cargo and passengers. 

Models

Mahindra Verito

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Toyota Etios

0-100 KMPH

18 secs

12.93 secs

16 secs

Engine

1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1461 cc)

1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1248 cc)

1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel (1364 cc)

Overall, if you enjoy laidback driving and won’t be carrying too much load, the Verito makes a decent case for itself to be considered in a sea of more efficient and faster sedans.

How is its ride quality?

The Mahindra Verito uses a very outdated suspension setup which makes the ride firm and inconsistent. While there is no body roll around the corners, Mahindra's steering feels very light and inconsistent and doesn’t provide any kind of feedback from the road. There’s also a significant amount of vertical movement at higher speeds, making it uncomfortable for most people. The Verito does, however, shine on bad roads, since the suspension soaks up bumps without any drama and doesn’t allow speed bumps to unsettle the cabin.

How do the brakes perform?

The Mahindra Verito gets very basic disc and drum setup which doesn’t even get ABS as standard. The brakes bite very hard even on the slightest touch of the brake pedal and the overall braking feel is very inconsistent. The spongy travel of the brake pedal makes it a nightmare to use, especially for people who’ve just learned how to drive. 

Model

Mahindra Verito

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Toyota Etios

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

1140

985

1020

The non-ABS version also skids quite a lot and doesn’t feel as secure as other vehicles, making it move quite a lot when braking from a higher speed. While the competition fares slightly better, standard ABS and EBD makes them feel much more sure-footed.

How much mileage does the Verito's engine return?

While most diesel vehicles in this segment offer very similar mileage numbers, the Verito scores the lowest in terms of overall mileage since its engine is very old and doesn’t feature any new fuel-saving technologies. However, the Verito’s massive fuel tank capacity of 50 liters helps it have the highest range in its competition, thus making it more suitable for longer distances in the city without stopping at petrol pumps. But, on the highway, the Verito’s mileage figure drops quite rapidly since it consumes a lot of fuel, to maintain its speed.

Model

Mahindra Verito

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Toyota Etios

Mileage (ARAI)

21.03 kmpl

28 kmpl

23 kmpl

Fuel Tank Capacity 

50 liters

37 liters 

45 liters

Range 

1,051 kms

1,036 kms

1,035 kms

The Dzire and Toyota Etios get very similar ranges and while the Dzire is much more efficient, the Etios has a larger fuel tank. Thus, all three cars are decent at being efficient, while not consuming too much fuel at the same time.

Mahindra Verito Exterior & Styling

The Verito gets the smallest wheels that you see on most of the popular sedan cars in India. While most of its competition has moved on to 15-inches, the Verito soldiers on with minuscule 14-inches on all variants. Higher variants do get the choice of alloy wheels, but the small size makes them virtually useless. The Verito also gets the longest wheelbase in its class but doesn’t utilize the space on offer properly. 

Mahindra Verito exterior design styling


It’s also among the longer vehicles in its segment, which does help it have a massive boot but doesn’t really help it while parking it since the Verito gets no parking aids whatsoever. While most people associate a heavier weight with the better build quality, the Verito is a completely different case, since the materials feel cheap and the body panels do not line up properly. This is quite evident when the car is being driven, since there’s quite a lot of body rattles and squeaks, even from cars that are barely a year old.

Model

Mahindra Verito

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Toyota Etios

Curb weight (kg)

1140

985

1020

Length(mm)

4277

3995

4369

Width(mm)

1740

1735

1695

Height(mm)

1540

1515

1510

Ground clearance (mm)

172

163

170

Wheelbase (mm)

2630

2450

2550

Overall, the Verito is a very poorly built vehicle and doesn’t offer any kind of design flair to entice customers. It also feels severely under-equipped and doesn’t get any stand out feature or design element which helps it stand out from the crowd.

Exterior Features

  • 14-inch steel wheels on lower variants
  • 14-inch alloy wheels on higher variants
  • Boxy design
  • Fog lamps on higher variants
  • Fender-mounted indicators
  • Squared off door mirrors

Mahindra Verito Interior & Comfort

The  Mahindra Verito is a five-seater compact sedan that competes with most sub-compact sedans in terms of space and comfort. The Mahindra Verito is widely used as a taxi vehicle since it seats offer decent amounts of comfort and cushioning without compromising on overall support. While the standard fabric upholstery feels very basic, the optional leather upholstery feels much better and is also much easier to maintain. 

Model

Mahindra Verito

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Toyota Etios

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

The Verito’s rear bench is mostly flat but is placed quite high up from the floor, which gives it a good amount of under-thigh support. There’s also plenty of space for tall passengers since there’s quite a decent amount of headroom. However, the Verito only gets fixed head restraints both in the front and back, which might cause whiplash injuries during hard braking or crashes. 

all rows of mahindra Verito seating


Verito’s front seats are also very spacious and accommodating, but the driver side footwell is really small and the non-adjustable steering wheel makes it difficult for taller drivers to find a comfortable seating position. The passenger side footwell is also really shallow and greatly impacts the knee room and comfort. 

Mahindra Verito Dashboard with music system


The dashboard only features hard touch plastic all-round and looks very basic and utilitarian. While the 7-inch touchscreen display available with the top end Executive Edition does help make the cabin look a bit better, it still looks like an afterthought and doesn’t gel well with the rest of the cabin. The Verito has been around since 2005 and its interiors have definitely not aged gracefully, especially in the light of more modern competitors. Most of its competitors offer much more space with equally comfortable seats at a relatively lower price.

Creature Comfort Features

  •  Front and rear fixed headrests
  •  A standard music system on all variants
  • An optional touchscreen on higher variants
  • Chrome lined AC controls
  • AUX port and 1 USB ports for the infotainment system
  • A spacious glovebox
  • Dual cup holders

What features are loaded with Verito's infotainment system?

The Mahindra Verito gets a standard music system across all variants, save for the top-of-the-line Executive Edition which gets a 7-inch touchscreen that is shared with some other vehicles. The basic music system and the 7-inch touchscreen get the same number of speakers along with a music player and FM/AM radio. The touchscreen adds a navigation system and Bluetooth, which does improve its overall functionality, but really doesn’t do much else. 

The touchscreen is also very slow to respond to touch input and takes quite a lot of time to load up the navigation system which makes it quite pointless. The output from the music system is sub-par and you might want to consider aftermarket options, which not only sound better but are also cheaper to add separately to the Verito. The Verito thus offers the following equipment as standard or as additional options

  • A 7-inch touch-sensitive colour TFT display
  • In-built navigation
  • FM/AM radio and a standard music player
  • Four speakers offered as standard, both with the touchscreen and the normal music system.

Is the boot space sufficient enough to carry lots of stuff? 

The Mahindra Verito does put its length to advantage in terms of overall boot capacity. While this does reduce the amount of space available in the rear cabin, the massive boot is capable of gobbling up an entire family’s luggage with space left over for more cargo.

Mahindra Verito boot space


The square opening and relatively low boot lip also aid in lifting heavy cargo into the boot. The boot can also be electronically accessed by using the button on the key fob, a feature that’s still a rarity in this segment.

Model

Mahindra Verito

Maruti Suzuki Dzire

Toyota Etios

Cargo Volume 

510

378

595

While the Verito does fall short in terms of boot space when compared to the Etios, it still does provide a decently practical boot, which makes it an excellent dual-purpose vehicle for hauling cargo and ferrying your family. The Verito is also one of the few vehicles in its segment to feature folding rear seats to open up more space and allows easy-loading from the boot to the rear cabin.

Mahindra Verito Safety Ratings and Reliability

The Verito sedan has been on sale since 2005 and there haven’t been any major changes made to the overall design of the chassis. This means that the Verito’s structure was never made with safety in mind, thus making it among the most unsafe vehicles for sale in the country right now. 

The NCAP hasn’t bothered with testing the Verito for structural rigidity and its overall conformability since it sells in very few numbers and will be discontinued before the April 2020 deadline for all vehicles to meet crash regulations. In terms of reliability, there are instances of Verito's making it past the 2,00,000 kilometer mark without causing too many problems, which makes it a relatively reliable vehicle for heavy-duty use.

Mahindra Verito Head-to-Head Competition Check

Mahindra Verito vs Maruti Suzuki Dzire

The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is not only the highest-selling compact sedan in India, but it is also thebest-selling car in India, bringing in around 30,000 units a month. While the Dzire wasn’t as popular a few years ago, it has grown into the most trusted and reputed car model brand in Indian history. The Dzire trumps the Verito in almost every department, be it interior space, rear-seat comfort, features, safety, and even engine power output. However, the Verito still gets a larger boot, when compared to the Dzire’s paltry 378-liter boot. 

Maruti Suzuki Dzire side profile

The Verito also offers better ride quality over bad roads, quite unlike the Dzire which tends to get unsettled quite easily. However, the Dzire gets a much lower starting price and an expansive feature list from the base variant, which is what makes it so popular among the masses.

Mahindra Verito vs Toyota Etios

While the Etios is not as old as the Verito, it still is quite old when you consider other vehicles in the market. The Etios was launched with a ‘safe’ design back in 2009 and it continued the same design theme over the past few years. However, the Etios is a much safer vehicle since it gets dual airbags, ABS and EBD as standard. In fact, the Global NCAP had tested the Etios in 2017 and they scored it four stars, which just goes to show how well made the Etios was. The Verito is definitely a much unsafe vehicle in comparison. 

Grey colour Toyota Etios in still position

The Verito and Etios get similar starting prices, but the Etios blows the Verito out of the water in terms of boot space and interior comfort. The Etios also gets quite a lot of equipment as standard, thus making it the more value-for-money pick here. While the Etios is also set to be discontinued in 2020, it isn’t as unsafe and spartan as the Verito is.

Final Verdict 

Mahindra’s Verito did well in its initial years as the Mahindra-Renault Logan since it introduced a frugal vehicle that was comfortable and frugal to run. However, after Renault decided to break up their partnership with Mahindra, people got jittery about the Logan, which led Mahindra to panic and drop prices. However, the damage was already done, and the reduced price only attracted cabbies and fleet operators, further degrading its image. 

The Logan was rebranded as the Verito later on, but that didn’t help sales since the competition had moved on and was offering better-equipped vehicles for much lower prices. Mahindra Verito also looks extremely dated and the overall build quality of materials feels quite cheap. The Verito might ride well and have a decent-sized boot, but its overall poor image, lack of safety features and a glut of modern technology make it a very difficult vehicle to recommend unless you’re running a cab/fleet service and require multiple cheap to maintain vehicles.

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